Friday, June 29, 2012

Remembering Nora Ephron

“Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I've accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it's a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it's a way of making contact with someone else's imagination after a day that's all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.”  
- Nora Ephron I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts On Being a Woman
The movie world lost a great woman this week. Nora Ephron passed away Tuesday night after battling leukaemia. You may not recognize the name but you'll recognize some of the amazing movies she was a part of - When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, You've Got Mail, Julie & Julia, Bewitched, and more. She was a writer, a producer, and a director.

I had made plans to watch as many chick flicks as I could this week (my boyfriend was away on vacation and I decided to claim the TV for my own). Once I heard that Nora Ephron was gravely ill my Tuesday night movie choice was made for me - You've Got Mail. Sadly, the news of Ms. Ephron passing came through before the final credits rolled. I then decided every other movie I watched this week would be some of Ephron's finest.

You've Got Mail is my favourite Nora Ephron movie. I think it has to do with the bookishness of it :) I've worked for a chain bookstore before and I didn't think it was evil but there's just something about the "shops around the corner" that really appeal to my bookish nature. 

Wednesday was all about When Harry Met Sally. Who doesn't love that movie? I live in a townhouse and we all have sliding glass doors and depending on the volume of the television we can hear what our neighbours are watching. Imagine my slight embarrassment after I thought about this after the famous diner scene! Ah well. The neighbours can think what they want! hehe. There's something about this movie that's just so awesome. Maybe it's the idea that things will always work out in the end. That the love of your life could be staring you in the face for years but you both need time to get to the same place. Who knows. What makes you love this movie?

I'll have what she's having.
Thursday night led me to my last Ephron film (that I own) -  Julie and Julia. While it's not one of my favourite movies, I adore Meryl Streep. I love the idea of the movie and how it combined two different stories in a wonderful way. And can I just ask - when am I going to get my book deal from this blog? :) But seriously, the screenplay is great.

I must admit that I haven't read any of her books - and she has many! I plan to change this soon as I have heard lovely things about them and her writing. I'm not sure where I'll start. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Which Nora Ephron movie is your favourite? How will you remember this amazing woman?

Rest in peace Nora. We will miss you.

1 comment:

  1. I watched You've Got Mail the other night too. I love it so much :) I also hope you get a book deal from this hehe


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